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What superhero flicks are coming out soon?

Comic books are a niche form of entertainment with a small but very dedicated fan base, but comic book heroes have become some of the most iconic, popular and entertaining members of the media world. "The Avengers" became the third-highest all-time U.S.A Box Office movie, followed by "The Dark Knight" in fourth place. The only movies that have been greater money-makers nationally are James Cameron's "Titanic" and "Avatar," which are in second and first place respectively.

Eager to capitalize on the money-making trend, there are over a dozen superhero flicks scheduled to release before 2020, but they're not all part of the same universe.

DC vs. Marvel
Most superhero fans know that there are two main comic companies - DC Comics and Marvel Comics. DC is the owner of the Justice League, containing Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, the Flash and more, while Marvel owns the Avengers, Spider-man, the X-men and others. For decades, comic book lovers have argued which superheroes in which universe are better, but now big film studios aim to duke it out to see who the fans really like best.

An Opinion Outpost poll asked over 1500 people which two main comic companies has more superheroes they like, and 64 percent answered Marvel while the remaining voters opted for DC. 

However, the big signifier will likely be how well the upcoming movies do in the box office. Here are DC and Marvel's slated movie plans for the next few years.

DC superhero movies

"Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," directed by Zack Snyder and starring Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman and Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor - 2016

"Suicide Squad," featuring some of DC's most popular villains, like The Joker and Harley Quinn, directed by David Ayer - 2016

"Wonder Woman," starring Gal Gadot - 2017

"Justice League Part One," directed by Zack Snyder - 2017

"The Flash," starring Ezra Miller - 2017

"Aquaman," starring Jason "Khal Drogo" Momoa - 2018

"Shazam," with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson - 2019

"Justice League Part Two," directed by Zack Snyder - 2019

"Cyborg," starring Ray Fisher - 2020

"Green Lantern" - 2020

Timeline provided by IGN

Marvel superhero movies

"The Avengers: Age of Ultron" - May 1, 2015

"Ant-Man," starring Paul Rudd - July 17, 2015

"Captain America: Civil War" - May 6, 2015

"X-Men: Apocolypse" - May 2016

"Doctor Strange," starring Benedict Cumberbatch - Nov. 4, 2016

"Guardians of the Galaxy 2" - May 5, 2017

"Thor: Ragnarok," July 28, 2017

"Black Panther," starring Chadwick Boseman - Nov. 3, 2017

"The Avengers: Infinity War Part I" - May 4, 2018

"Captain Marvel" - July 6, 2018

"Inhumans" - Nov. 8, 2018

"Avengers: Infinity War Part II" - May 3, 2019

Timeline provided by Business Insider

With years until some of these movies are released, eager fans are already making massive amounts of predictions, and studios are slowly teasing details to what could be some of the next U.S. box office smashes. Most recently, Marvel released a teaser trailer for Ant-Man that can be found on YouTube.

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